Residential recycling collections
- Category: Rubbish and recycling
- Last Updated: 07 June 2016
An overview of our waste collection policy and information on alternate weekly collections.
- Where shall I put my waste containers for collection and what time will my bins be collected?.
- What can I recycle in my brown bin?.
- Where is my nearest recycling site? (redirects to page "Recycling Sites")
- How clean do recyclable materials have to be?.
- My bin/box/bag has been damaged/lost. How do I get a new one?.
- Alternate Weekly Collections - what's it all about?.
All waste containers should be at the kerbside outside your property by 6.00 am on the day of collection. If you are not sure of your collection day, please contact us for assistance.
If you have difficulty moving your containers to the kerbside, please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements.
Your brown bin is for garden waste only. Any grass cuttings, hedge clippings, prunings, small branches, cut flowers, leaves and weeds are all suitable for composting. Please do not include any plastic or wastes from pet animals.
This waste is composted by local farmers and used back on their land, so it is important that only materials suitable are included. Any contaminants have to be handpicked from the material by the farmer, which is hugely time consuming.
It would help if containers were rinsed before putting them in your recycling boxes ready for collection. To save space in your box, squash your cans and plastic bottles when possible.
If any of your equipment is damaged or has gone missing, please contact Streetscene or telephone 01653 600666 to request a replacement.
If your bin was damaged as a result of misuse eg hot ashes, a charge for a replacement may be made.
This useful information has been produced by the Local Government Association (LGA).
What are Alternate Weekly Collections (AWCs)?
Under AWC's, recyclables are collected one week and non-recyclable waste the next week. Waste is still collected every week, so residents do not get a reduced service. Many now get additional services, with new wheelie bins and expanded recycling services.
Why are councils changing to AWCs?
It is estimated that by 2016 most landfill sites in England will be almost full, so there is now Government legislation regarding the disposal of waste to landfill. Councils will only be allowed to consign limited quantities of bio-degradable material to landfill, also as time goes on more materials are to be banned from landfill including tyres, liquid wastes, hazardous waste, electrical waste and bio-degradable waste (garden waste, paper, card, textiles etc.).
Over a ten-year period Ryedale experienced a 50% increase in waste collected. These increases have meant more pressure on landfill. Due to costs and for environmental reasons, minimising waste sent to landfill and maximising recycling are now priorities for all councils.
AWC's improve rates of recycling - most top performing councils for recycling use AWCs. This system is one way to encourage residents to recycle more. Recent figures show that the UK sends the most rubbish to landfill per person in Europe - this must change.
How many councils have switched?
Over a third of the 354 Waste Collection Authorities in England have switched to collecting recyclable waste one week and other waste the next.
Do AWCs pose health problems for residents? Will hotter weather make the problems worse?
The biggest independent research commissioned by the government (Wycombe Report) found no evidence that collecting recyclables one week and residual waste the next week will cause any health impacts for residents. The tests were carried out in both winter and summer months to give the full picture.
It also found that health impacts are likely to be no greater than those associated with weekly collections. Common-sense measures, such as keeping waste tightly wrapped and bin lids closed can help deal with any potential problems.
Do councils save money from AWCs?
Currently each tonne of waste going to landfill in Ryedale costs about £22 per tonne. Added to that is a Government tax on each tonne landfilled. In 1996 this was £7 per tonne and by 2014 it will be £80 per tonne, making landfill over £100 per tonne. This money must be paid from your Council Tax and be passed on to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
Anything that reduces waste sent to landfill will save Council Tax payers money. With Government forecasting the cost of dealing with waste to rise by 10% each year, councils have to do everything in their power to provide an even better deal for the taxpayer.
But it isn't simply about saving money, it's about saving the environment. Waste sent to landfill contributes to climate change by emitting harmful methane gas.